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Yarmouth river crossing to be examined by inspectorate

Words: Laura Edgar
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A proposed scheme for a new highway crossing of the River Yare in Great Yarmouth has been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate.

Plans submitted by Norfolk County Council on 30 April show the highway would connect the A47 at Harfrey’s Roundabout to the west of the River Yare with the A1234 South Denes Road on the eastern side. The road would be a dual carriageway.

In documents lodged with the Planning Inspectorate, the county council explains that the Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing scheme would feature an “opening span double leaf bascule (lifting) bridge across the river”. This would involve the construction of two new ‘knuckles‘ extending the quay wall into the river to support the bridge.

It would also see a bridge span over the existing Southtown Road on the western side of the river while another bridge span on the eastern side of the river would provide an underpass for existing businesses so the new dual carriageway can rise westwards towards the crest of the new crossing.

Sarah Richards, chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate, said: “We have considered very carefully the application submitted by Norfolk County Council and decided that it meets the required tests set out in the legislation to be accepted for examination."

In November 2017 the county council was awarded £98 million towards the anticipated £120 million cost of building the Third River Crossing by the Department for Transport. The transport secretary then confirmed the scheme was nationally significant in February 2018, which required the county council to make an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO).

Martin Wilby, cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport at Norfolk County Council, said acceptance of the scheme keeps the county council “on track to hopefully be granted a Development Consent Order by the end of summer next year, start construction by the end of 2020, and get the Third River Crossing open to traffic by early 2023”.

“We expect the new bridge to make a big difference to Great Yarmouth, reducing traffic congestion, making it easier and quicker for people to get around, and improving access from the port and enterprise zone to the A47.  We’re keen to get started and this decision from the Planning Inspectorate is another important step along the way.”

More information about the scheme can be found on the National Infrastructure Planning website.

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